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We performed a comparison between vCloud Director and VMware Aria Operations based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Cloud Management solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed VMware Aria Operations vs. vCloud Director report (Updated: September 2022).
635,987 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"The most valuable feature of vCloud Director is the scaling architecture that they have built.""The most valuable features are the multi-tenancy and multi-site configuration.""This is the go-to tool for anyone looking for standard out-of-the-box capabilities in a fully multitenant public cloud software that they can leverage to offer services to their customers.""We use the infrastructure as a service cloud, that is, we use the features as infrastructure for this. We are not using any platform services.""vCloud Director is a stable solution.""The most valuable features of the vCloud Director are global management, added services, and automation.""The deployment is easy.""The most valuable features are the UI, the interface, and accessibility."

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"Can be customized according to customer requirements.""The monitoring and verification functionalities were the most useful features.""The most valuable feature is that everything is integrated for monitoring, performance, and troubleshooting.""If the network goes down between our office and one of our data centers then it is able to detect that. It will provide you ways to get a deeper understanding of the issues, and it will suggest resolutions.""The most valuable feature is the ability to check the right-sizing of a machine because that way I can assign the real resources that are needed.""One of the most valuable features is the ability to compare between AWS/Azure and the local cloud. When customers deploy something on the local cloud, with the same configuration that would apply to AWS or Azure, we can calculate the estimated cost difference between the local cloud and the public cloud. We do this kind of analysis for optimization and it is one of the best features of vROps.""It's very easy to use and very stable. Scaling up for future use will be no issue with this solution.""It is efficient and easy to manage. We can find what we need from the software's interface."

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Cons
"Cloud Director has room for improvement in many areas. One critical thing that comes to mind is the hyperscalers. They could be more seamlessly integrated into the hybrid cloud.""What could be improved in vCloud Director, particularly from the networking side, is its integration with other network devices. It also needs a more simplified installation because the process is a little bit complicated.""Lacks integration with the hyperscalers.""There are too many errors, it could be more stable.""We use vCloud Director along with Terraform, and it's difficult to make them work together. It takes a long time to deploy virtual machines with Terraform in vCloud Director. For example, it can take about one or two hours to create 10 machines. It takes up a lot of our DevOps' and engineers' time in comparison to that with other solutions. This is an area that they should work on and improve.""The initial setup of the vCloud Director was not complex and not easy, it was in the middle range of difficulty. It could be made easier.""The integration between components could be improved.""In the next release, we would like to see improvements with the pricing. It could be reduced."

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"For me, the technical support is the biggest problem. I've been working with them since 2016 and in the first years their response was faster than it is today. That is a problem. Also, I need to put together and send them a lot of information. And then I wait one day, two days. The support has been getting worse over the last few years. They need to improve it.""In a previous version, you could click on a cluster to see a lot of information about efficiency, e.g., when you will run out of memory, CPU usage, and RAM in percentages. In newer versions, you see this information in megahertz and kilobytes, not percentage. I don't like this change so much. If you need to present information to your boss or Director of IT, the information would be better with a percentage. Now, you have only a big number and don't know the percentage of use that you are getting from the VMs. I don't know why they changed it, but I liked the percentage version more than getting the numbers for megahertz of memory. Also, kilobytes of memory is a very large number. For a simple view, gigabytes or terabytes is better.""I would like to have more documentation, in the form of knowledge bases, that better explain the technology, related products, and what the capabilities are.""We integrated vROps with vRealize Log Insight, but it was not helpful to me. It was not giving me any good data.""The tool is user-friendly, but you need to study to learn about the many features that the tool offers. It is not a tool that you can just start to work with when it comes to capacity planning. You need to study the documentation.""VMware vRealize Operations (vROps) can improve the Layer 3 hypervisor VM infrastructure because we do not manage other applications. We need a package, which is too expensive. We would like to manage native VMware applications, VMware native components, hypervisor, and storage, such as vSAN.""I want vROps to have wider compatibility with older hardware. In this country, many companies have older hardware, so sometimes we can't support all the newest features.""vROps is user-friendly, but configuration is a little bit hard. It is also hard if you want to customize it for your data center, especially without VMware training. The user interface should be improved so that a new user can easily configure it for his own use."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "This is an expensive solution."
  • "It's a costly product. The licenses may not be costly, but with every new development in their product, we need to purchase deployment services, and the deployment services are quite costly."
  • "The license could be less expensive and we are on a perpetual license."
  • "In certain cases, the price of Cloud Director is quite high, especially with the load balancing and other features they've introduced. That seems quite costly. Overall, for VSPP programming, I think it's okay. However, features like enterprise load balancing and all these other things are very costly."
  • "We pay monthly for all of the licenses."
  • "vCloud Director is an expensive solution."
  • "vCloud Director is priced higher than other solutions, such as Nutanix."
  • "The licensing costs are pretty high, but it might depend on the size of the company."
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  • "The solution has a huge cost. If we could just have one license covering everything that vROps can do, that would be great. I would prefer it this way."
  • "The pricing is a little bit expensive. Licensing is an issue because there are always changes, and by that I mean cost increases. And that's not only for vROps but for VMware, vSphere, and all the products that are involved."
  • "Every VMware product is a licensing challenge. It's always costly. It's based on processors. From a technical side, the product is very good. The challenging part is always the licensing. They should have some kind of alternate pricing models."
  • "vROps is a bit expensive and that's a reason that small clients say, 'No, I don't think we need this.' From a pricing perspective, it is quite steep. But 'expensive' is relative, depending on what you need. Others might say, 'It is expensive, but I think we can use it to better our environment.'"
  • "When we last did a comparison of solutions, the pricing was equal or similar."
  • "Five or six years ago, when we took it, it was a very good option. Now, I think I have to reevaluate, to be honest."
  • "This is an enterprise-level product and everything is included in the VMware Suite license."
  • "The licensing is not clear at the moment if the on-premises pricing is the same as on the cloud. I am checking on the pricing. However, you can save a lot of money with the cloud solution because you need to spend time installing, upgrading, and connecting with the on-premises solution. Also, you don't need to spend time scheduling the maintenance and maintaining the solution when using the cloud version."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:vCloud Director is a stable solution.
    Top Answer:The licensing costs are pretty high, but it might depend on the size of the company.
    Top Answer:We use vCloud Director along with Terraform, and it's difficult to make them work together. It takes a long time to deploy virtual machines with Terraform in vCloud Director. For example, it can take… more »
    Top Answer:vROP is a virtualization management solution from VMWare. It is efficient and easy to manage. You can find anything you need from the software interface. It provides complete visibility over… more »
    Top Answer:It gives us visibility into the virtual infrastructure, and even the physical infrastructure, and into the workloads running. We have visibility even at the level of the appliance services. We can… more »
    Top Answer:They forecast our pricing based on the objects we deploy, but I'm not involved much with that. The licensing part is a bit complicated.
    Ranking
    7th
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    8.0
    2nd
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    Average Words per Review
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    Also Known As
    VMware vRealize Operations (vROps), vCenter Operations Manager, VCOPS, vRealize Operations
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    Overview

    VMware vCloud Director provides software-defined services for data centers in the form of virtual data centers. Computing, networking, security, and storage are all virtualized when you deploy this solution. The result is that users will get to enjoy infrastructure that is operationally ready in a matter of minutes without needing to install and configure any physical infrastructure.

    VMware Aria Operations (formerly VMware vRealize Operations) automates and simplifies IT management with full-stack visibility from physical, virtual and cloud infrastructure—including Virtual Machines (VMs) and containers—to the applications they support. It delivers continuous performance optimization, efficient capacity and cost management, proactive planning, intelligent remediation and integrated compliance. It is available on premises and as-a-service.

    • Examine the potential return on investment (ROI), reduction in unplanned downtime and other benefits that enterprises may realize when deploying VMware Aria ( vRealize Operations) in today’s hybrid and multi cloud environments.
    • See how VMware Aria (vRealize Operations Cloud) simplifies management for your hybrid cloud from migration assessment and planning to operationalizing the hybrid cloud in production.
    • Delivered on-premises or as a service, VMware Aria Operations (vRealize Operations) meets the needs of modern IT strategies, including VM-based and containerized workloads, across private, hybrid, and multi-cloud deployments.
    • Bring data depth context to your hybrid cloud by adding VMware Aria Operations for Integration (vRealize True Visibility Suite). Monitor heterogeneous environments and make intelligent management decisions.
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    Sample Customers
    MicroStrategy, National Democratic Institute, and NYSE Euronext.
    Science Applications International Corporation, Tribune Media, Heartland Payment Systems, Telkom Indonesia, Columbia Sportswear, iGATE, CSS Corp, Angel Broking, Adira Finance, Hipskind, Beiersdorf Shared Services, Innovate Mas Indonesia, Adobe, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi , Join Experience S.A, Borusan Holdings, Department of Transport - Abu Dhabi
    Top Industries
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    Comms Service Provider45%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Transportation Company5%
    Cloud Provider5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Healthcare Company18%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
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    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Government8%
    Company Size
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    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise52%
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    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise57%
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    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise70%
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    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise70%
    Buyer's Guide
    VMware Aria Operations vs. vCloud Director
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about VMware Aria Operations vs. vCloud Director and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    635,987 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    vCloud Director is ranked 7th in Cloud Management with 13 reviews while VMware Aria Operations is ranked 2nd in Cloud Management with 39 reviews. vCloud Director is rated 8.0, while VMware Aria Operations is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of vCloud Director writes "Great extensibility feature, which enables integration of other services ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware Aria Operations writes "Easy to use, stable, and support is always available". vCloud Director is most compared with VMware Aria Automation, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, Nutanix Cloud Manager Self-Service, vCenter Orchestrator and Cisco UCS Director, whereas VMware Aria Operations is most compared with VMware Aria Automation, IBM Turbonomic, VMware vSphere, Veeam ONE and SolarWinds Virtualization Manager. See our VMware Aria Operations vs. vCloud Director report.

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